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The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and Support Our Troops®

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cfc 2012Support Our Troops® is an authorized national and international nonprofit in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Federal employees can help Support Our Troops® by designating to code 31529.

Established in 1961, the CFC is a program which enables certain carefully screened and approved charitable organizations to solicit contributions from employees of the Federal Government of the United States.

Overseen by the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM), it is the largest and most successful workplace charity campaign in the world. By law it is the only campaign authorized to solicit for and collect charitable contributions from U.S. federal employees, including civil servants, postal workers, and military personnel.

OPM has plenary authority under 5 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) part 950 to administer the CFC in compliance with legal standards. Public Law (Pub. L.) 100-202 Sec. 101(m), requires OPM to maintain eligibility criteria and public accountability standards for CFC participation by organizations.

These CFC legal criteria are designed to offer donors the assurance of the integrity of the program's participating charitable organizations.

OPM starts with eight core standards of eligibility and public accountability and three core administrative requirements a charitable organization must satisfy in order to participate and continue in the CFC. These standards require certifications, documentation, audit, and an annual report to demonstrate compliance.

The CFC mission is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

The Combined Federal Campaign is more than a means for federal employees to provide critical financial support to causes they believe in: it affords donors the opportunity to meet Support Our Troops® and see how their assistance will help us look out for those who look out for all of us here at home.

"I look forward to the campaign because we can talk to people who believe in what we believe in so strongly, says Bruce Jonas, Esquire, a director in SupportOurTroops.Org. a civilian, with a sister in the military, and this gives all of us a means to step up for the people like her who step up for all of us.

The federal campaign gives federal employees a chance to easily make a major difference for the troops and their families through the many programs run by SOT®.

Federal employees can help Support Our Troops® by designating to code 31529.

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Regulations govern all aspects of the CFC. Executive Orders 12353 and 12404 authorize the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to prescribe rules and regulations to facilitate fund-raising on behalf of charitable organizations through on-the-job solicitation of Federal employees and military personnel, and to ensure that recipient agencies are responsible in the use of the funds raised. CFC Regulations can be found in Title 5, Part 950 of the Code of Federal Regulations maintained at most regional and university libraries.

A good discussion of the CFC may be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combined_Federal_Campaign